You should read the book: ‘Propaganda’. It was written by Edward Bernays and published in 1928. Edward Bernays was the nephew of the German Physician, Sigmund Freud. He was the founder of modern ‘Public Relations’ which is ‘newspeak’ for the word Propaganda.[i]
The thesis of his book turns on several fundamental biological and psychological premises first written on by his uncle Sigmund Freud.
First, the masses are incapable of thinking logically and clearly. They are driven by instinct and prejudice. Most people never read a book from cover to cover after high school. If they drop out of high school then they probably never read a book of any kind.[ii]
Second, we are politically dominated by a plutocratic elite; that most people have minds, tastes, and ideas suggested to them by powerful men who remain hidden from public view and can even be unknown to each other.
Third, economic power is correlated with political power.
Fourth, propaganda is the “…executive arm of the invisible government.”[iii]
Fifth, by means of the media, information is ‘rubber stamped’ (the stimulus) such that there are uniform imprinted pictures and audio sounds onto the minds of millions of people at the same time under all circumstances and is evidenced by herd regimental behavior (the herd response).
Sixth, propaganda is a large scale organized effort to indoctrinate millions at a time into a set of officially approved range of beliefs and behaviors.
Seventh, people are more likely to respond quickly to their instinctual impulses, i.e., sexual erotic impulses and/or fear or anxiety (simply put, to pleasure and/or pain) not to a rational presentation of facts. All markets are set up so as to prong those two basic impulses along a desired pathway. The net result is power in the hands of the plutocrats over the majority of the masses of people.[iv]
WHO OWNS THE MEDIA?
Six corporations own 90% of the media outlets in the United States and 70% of your cable television media. General Electric, News-Corp, Disney, Viacom, Time Warner, and CBS are the big six. They have amassed unimaginable power and wealth. They have been given a license for power by the FCC (Federal Communication Commission).
THE IDIOT BOX
African Americans watch on average 7 hours and 12 minutes of television per day.[v] That is over 50 hours per week or almost 1/3 of the hours in a week of 168 hours!! That’s as much as we sleep in a week! It is over 2,400 hours per year. That is more television time than any other ethnic group in the United States and in the world. African American brains are totally accessed by propaganda. Their sentiment is fashioned by media. Correlated to that is the fact that we have the lowest education scores in the nation! Has the ‘idiot box’ made us into idiots? Most African Americans will never understand what you are now reading because they can’t follow the critical logical argument or as a defense reaction out of fear that they would have to face the hard task of changing and putting at risk their illusory comfort.
A corporation is owned by its shareholders. So, hundreds of thousands of owners derive profit or income from their corporate enterprises. Since African Americans watch the most television, and ratings are based on the number of viewers which in turn attracts advertisers to spend money for air time, it is African Americans who generate a disproportionate amount of profit for media corporations cable television companies!
There are about 232 corporate executives who run the day to day operations of all corporations along with all of the journalists, camera persons, writers, etc. Each of them brings to the collective a mindset which was and is derived from the same public mindset conditioned by media over generations of time. They make the day to day decisions about how to present information to the public or whether or not to omit information from public view. This is important to know. It is important because it is that cadre of executives and workers who are wedded to government agencies to promote propaganda to us, the public.
Below is a CIA memorandum. Read it carefully. It is evidence that media corporations are infiltrated by government agents with the sole purpose to control what and when people think about and respond to preselected economic, political, and racial events. Your mind is under their control. We are not free to choose because our choices are being predetermined for us by the use of raising the anxiety throttle or by provoking sexual impulses.
The CIA memo below is evidence that the media is controlled from top to bottom by CIA operatives. Today, all major news and talk show hosts are vetted by the CIA, et al, to work for them. They sell out for money, prestige, and status.
YOU SHOULD NOT ONLY IDENTIFY WHAT THEY REPORT BUT WHAT THEY DON’T REPORT, TOO
If you listen and watch closely you’ll notice how some events are raised to provoke public sentiment while other stories are ignored or debunked. For example, listen to Al Sharpton’s radio show. He frames issues within a very narrow range of subjects. Besides religious issues which are targeted to a southern Baptist base, most of the issues are framed to highlight ‘racial polarization’ because that’s always how he has gathered attention to promote himself as ‘America’s civil rights leader’. He feeds on racial polarization. Its’ not that racism doesn’t exit, it does exist, but between 1976 and 2011 there have been 279,384 African American homicides. The fact is that 94 percent of those homicides have involved an African American murdering another African American.[vi] Al Sharpton can’t get traction on that fact because it does not involve racial polarization, so he ignores it or minimizes his comments on it.
He also works for MSNBC and the Democratic National Party (corporation). He is President Obama’s safe ‘house negro’. His job is to corral African American voters for democratic candidates through his organization ‘The National Action Network’. He is a vote hustler with the gift of the gab. He cannot speak truth to power. But this is not new. Jessie Jackson through ‘People United to Save Humanity’ or P.U.S.H. with Clinton in the 1990s and Vernon Jordan, the National Urban League, for Jimmy Carter in the 1970s played that same role for many years. That political strategy was devised by the plutocrats to preempt the likelihood of any more Martin Luther King like grass root leaders from gaining an independent political power base. It has worked. Why? To play on a line from the movie ‘Network’ (1975): “…Because they’re on T.V. stupid.” The National Action Network is totally infiltrated by government agents. Some of the very ministers working with him are undercover agents. His annual convention was paid for by corporate interests. Note that he does not call for national boycotts anymore!
IF I WAKE UP, WHAT CAN I DO?
Answer: BOYCOTT THEIR STORES; KEEP YOUR MONEY!!!
[i] 1984, by John Orwell
[ii] Some individuals may think logically and clearly but here it is the ‘masses’ or the totality of all people in a given thought and act moment which is being analyzed. Edward Bernays concluded that the average of all thinking by all people at any given time in the United States is illogical, so hustlers should appeal to their appetites for pleasure and their fears.
[iii] Propaganda, Edward Bernays, Published H. Liveright, New York, 1928
[iv] You should also read: Physical Control of The Mind: Toward a Psycho-Civilized Society, by Jose M.R. Delgado, M.D.,1969
[v] Nielson, April 2011
[vi] The Bureau of Justice Statistics, 2013